Regardless of what you do in life, remember that a good education prepares you for any job. Employers will demand that you speak and write clearly; understand what you read; solve problems using math and logic; understand scientific ideas; and know how to use a computer.
The college prep timeline will help you stay on track to graduate and plan for college.
While in high school take the most challenging classes you can. You may be able to earn college credit while doing so.
There may be a college readiness program offered in your community or school to help you prepare academically or learn more about college.
Take notes even if your teachers don't require it. Think you'll look silly if you're the only one taking notes? You won't look too cool if you don't pass high school.
Listen and ask questions. Still afraid of looking stupid? Don't worry about it. If you've got a question about something, chances are your classmates do too.
Seek out a mentor. Find somebody who went to college and ask them for support or advice. A mentor can be almost anyone: a family member, a person in your neighborhood, a teacher at school or a person who leads an after-school program.
Study. Read, review and analyze class material so you know it. This takes time, effort and a quiet place. If you learn how to study now, you'll be way ahead before you even start college.
Read. You can read whatever you want: Sports Illustrated, Jet, The New York Times, comic books, Harry Potter, your Cheerios box, online blogs or web articles... whatever! Reading increases your brainpower.
Write. Writing is a way to express yourself: your ideas, opinions and knowledge. And you may do a lot of it in college and on the job.
Do the math. Even if you're struggling in math, stay with it. Knowing math gives you options. It opens doors to good jobs in computers, engineering and business. And it helps your mind get organized.
Sit in the front row. Or close to the front. Pretend you want to be there, like you do at a concert or movie. Don't be worried about looking like a geek. Imagine how geeky you'll look when you're 35 and still only earning a minimum wage. The front row doesn't seem so bad now, does it?